Innovation Begins (and remains) at the Top

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Guest post By John Sweeney: Innovation is foundational to business leadership. We empower individuals across disciplines to evaluate, orchestrate, strategize, create and hire, but most importantly, we empower others to innovate. empowerment innovation John Sweeney

Four Innovative Initiatives to Attract and Retain Diverse Women

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Here is an article written by Tina Vasquez (Los Angeles) for The Glass Hammer, an online community designed for women executives in financial services, law and business. Visit us daily to discover issues that matter, share experiences, and plan networking, your career and your life.” What makes this article especially valuable is the wealth of [.].

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Michael Hammer Sets the Agenda – Reminding us of the Business Basics

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In the customer economy, yesterday’s innovation is baseline today and obsolete tomorrow. Customers no longer exist to buy your products; you exist to solve your customer’s problems. The company that remains self-rather than customer-centric cannot endure. What was once unimaginable quickly becomes routine, and then expectations are even higher. Anticipation is an edge that every […]. Randy''s blog entries

Is Thought Leadership the Same as Change Leadership?

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Dana is a research-based advocate for talent innovation and women’s leadership change initiatives that produce business results.

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Lisa Hershman: An interview by Bob Morris

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Lisa Hershman is a seasoned business professional and author, who brings a wealth of real-world experience and an innovative style to her position at Hammer and Company. Prior to joining Hammer and Company, she served as Corporate Senior Vice President of Operational Excellence at Avnet, Inc., the world’s largest B2B distributor of electronic components and [.].

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Are Your Employees Drivers or Victims of Process Innovations?

Harvard Business Review

To stay competitive, organizations need to continually find opportunities for innovation in key processes such as customer service and product development, and adoption of a new process almost always requires the implementation of new information technology. The Biggest Obstacle to Innovation?

In Praise of Average Joes

In the CEO Afterlife

Those that thrive, go a step further; they worship innovation and breathe culture. In fact, it was Ronnie who took a sledge hammer to that wall and turned it into rubble. This website was created to share my views and experiences with the next generation of business leaders.

Everybody Loves Bob – Faster Cheaper Better: The 9 Levers for Transforming How Work Gets Done

Strategy Driven

Hershman and Dr. Michael Hammer. Michael Hammer was a bold and revolutionary thinker, the coauthor of Reengineering the Corporation, the most important business book of the 1990s. Hershman is the Chief Executive Officer of Hammer and Company. Everybody loves Bob.

Good management CREATES good employees; bad management ruins them

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Previously, Jen hammered cost-savings so much that her employees began taking short-cuts on time and quality. E ncourage flexibility and innovation. This is a guest article by Charlyne Meinhard.

What Not to Do When Business Sours

In the CEO Afterlife

In a crisis, whether short or long-term, the most senior people in the organization need to step up and offer innovative solutions to the issues hammering the bottom-line. Most of you have heard the saying, “Don’t throw the baby out with the bathwater,” or something to that effect.

The Real Reason Uber Is Giving Up in China

Harvard Business Review

There’s also a saying in China: “The nail that sticks up is the nail that gets hammered down.” Disruptive innovation Regulation Emerging markets Automotive Transportation Asia Digital Article

The Businesses That Platforms Are Actually Disrupting

Harvard Business Review

They used new technology to hammer ad-supported media. Disruptive innovation Social platforms Technology Digital ArticlePlatforms are all the rage these days. Powered by online technologies, they are sweeping across the economic landscape, striking down companies large and small. Uber’s global assault on the taxi industry is well known. Many platforms, some household names and others laboring in obscurity, are doing the same in other sectors.

What Not to Do When Business Sours


When business goes sour, whether short or long-term, the organization’s most senior people need to step up and offer innovative solutions to the issues hammering the top and bottom-line.

Don’t Overlook the Small Brands You Already Own

Harvard Business Review

In our most recent Breakthrough Innovation Report , Taddy Hall and I cite that 49 percent of the growth in U.S. Their actual advertising budget went down, but their spending worked harder for them as they had a hit innovation that created news energy and clarity around their super consumer—teen boys—to maximize their creative. This is in keeping with the Japanese proverb, “The nail that sticks out gets hammered down.”

Big-Project Engineers Have to Deal with Too Much Red Tape

Harvard Business Review

Nineteen days later, as rescue crews grew desperate, a 24-year-old field engineer named Igor Proestakis decided to travel to the site with what he hoped was a breakthrough idea: using a particular drilling technology, called cluster hammers, to cut through the collapsed rock. HBR STAFF.

Make the Internet of Things More Human-Friendly

Harvard Business Review

When I grab a hammer to install shelving, the distinction between “hand” and “tool” recedes into the unconscious, while completing the job becomes the main object of my thinking; in function and thought, the tool is the extended hand when it works properly. As cognitive scientists put it things like hammers became a part of the body’s “extended periphery” and are “functionally a component of the [subjects’] smoothly coping IDS.”.

The Industrial Revolution That Never Was

Harvard Business Review

He had grown up in northwestern Germany, where his father owned mills that heated small amounts of charcoal and iron together to make steel that could be hammered and sharpened into knife blades. Standing inches from the hot coals, the ironmaker would reach in with a bar to push aside dirt and rock and lift the glowing mass of metal, called a bloom, on to an anvil where he could hammer out more impurities. Innovation Technology

An Inside View of How LVMH Makes Luxury More Sustainable

Harvard Business Review

Looking at LVMH’s efforts, I’ll highlight three areas where I see great impact and innovation: managing carbon and energy, building a connection with customers around brand purpose, and working closely with suppliers. The most innovative part of LVMH’s carbon strategy is the use of an internal carbon fund. Krug also uses a fun, innovative tracking system to share information with consumers.

Today's Innovation Can Rise from Yesterday's Failure

Harvard Business Review

a Boston-based innovation management collaborative. We use this simple framework to determine the success of an innovative effort. In other words, successful innovation requires motive, means, and opportunity. The good news is that successful innovation has enduring value.

What CEOs Can Learn From the Goddess of Vision

C-Level Strategies

Innovation, as a discipline, can transform companies radically if done well, and it requires a well communicated vision in order to deliver against it. With the blindingly fast levels of innovation available today, any company can get side-swiped, which then forces rapid innovation/new vision.

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Leading Strategies Blog Featured on

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You will find content from many familiar names such as Goldsmith, Drucker, Cooper, Wilde, Senge, Hammer and topics ranging from leadership and management to innovation and marketing to technology, ethics, operations, and finance. The Leading Strategies Blog is now featured on the popular site, With over 15,000 articles and growing daily, Leadership Digital is a comprehensive resource for leadership and management topics.

Please Don’t Hire a Chief Artificial Intelligence Officer

Harvard Business Review

Rushing towards an “AI strategy” and hiring someone with technical skills in AI to lead the charge might seem in tune with the current trends, but it ignores the reality that innovation initiatives only succeed when there is a solid understanding of actual business problems and goals. The very nature of the role aims at bringing the hammer of AI to the nails of whatever problems are lying around.

Lean Doesn’t Always Create the Best Products

Harvard Business Review

The buds of innovation are fragile, and are easily squashed by critique or a view of the competitive market environment. When process is a hammer, the risk is that everything becomes a nail. Our current silver bullet is Lean.

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In Praise of Average Joes


Those that thrive, go a step further; they worship innovation and breathe healthy cultures. In fact, it was Ronnie who took a sledge hammer to that wall and turned it into rubble.

The Branding Logic Behind Google’s Creation of Alphabet

Harvard Business Review

Concerned about the company’s lack of focus, Wall Street hammered the Starbucks stock, resulting in a drop in share price of 28% in one day – a $2 billion loss in the company’s market capitalization. The Google brand is one of the most valuable brands in the world.

The Promise and Problems of Outstanding Teams

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They are willing to put up with the criticisms of people who question their innovative methods or rabid attention to every detail. The “Whack-a-Mole” game is one where you grab a large padded hammer - and you score points by hitting the plastic moles when they pop up their heads.

Recruiting Strategies for a Tight Talent Market

Harvard Business Review

Following are three such innovative approaches for connecting with top talent. ” Such innovative solutions have paid off: Fortune magazine recently named Highfive to its list of the 10 Best Small Workplaces in Technology. “Feeling pinned down?”

Beware of Innovations from Daily-Deal Sites

Harvard Business Review

The daily deal industry, still dominated by Groupon, is in the midst of rapid-fire innovation, presenting new opportunities — and some significant risks — for merchants. But merchants should be cautious and skeptical about these innovations. When assessing daily deal innovations, merchants would do well to heed psychologist Abraham Maslow 's maxim (also called Maslow's hammer): To the man who only has a hammer in the toolkit, every problem looks like a nail.

How Rudeness Stops People from Working Together

Harvard Business Review

To Foster Innovation, Connect Coworkers Who Share Aspirations. If your employees aren’t behaving well, and you’ve already gone through the trouble of hammering home the organization’s civility message, ask yourself, “Have I equipped them to succeed?” Incivility can fracture a team, destroying collaboration, splintering members’ sense of psychological safety, and hampering team effectiveness.

The Long Road to “You’re Hired!”

Harvard Business Review

These are the kinds of innovations being implemented in the Netherlands, which has moved beyond a dams-and-dikes mentality to embrace the country''s relationship with water, because in Holland, water is everywhere and rising all the time. There are now around 100 manual-intensive workstations in three of Toyota''s Japanese factories, where younger employees learn how to, for example, turn and hammer metal into crankshafts.

Thinking More and More Clearly

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Erika Andersen Home About Services Books TV Events Contact [A] clear, practical, and powerful approach for navigating through tough times Bonnie Hammer, President, NBCU Cable Entertainment and Cable Studios Feb 8 Thinking More and More Clearly I seem to be getting a lot of my wisdom from the subway lately.

From Zipcar to the Sharing Economy

Harvard Business Review

Avis has taken an interesting (and bold) step by acquiring Zipcar, absorbing an innovative but struggling competitor at what is likely to be seen as a bargain price while acquiring a small but desirable customer base and gaining a foothold in the rapidly growing world of collaborative consumption. Led by the writings of Michael Hammer and Tom Davenport , firms realized that they didn't need to organize work the way they used to.

Don't Hire Entrepreneurs; Hire Entrepreneurial Spirit

Harvard Business Review

This can take many forms — an agreement that an employee can use office space and resources outside normal business hours to hammer out a side project over time, for instance, or a month-long sabbatical to let them dig into their passion all at once. Similar to 3M's or Google's innovation time, CLOs give employees a way to try out their ideas in a less risky environment — but in the context of the company's needs, as well.

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How to Write a Resume That Stands Out

Harvard Business Review

Don’t think you’re going to sit down and hammer it out in an hour. But when she applied for a marketing position, she tweaked it to emphasize her ability to recruit customers and be a brand champion: Innovative brand champion and customer recruiter in marketing, product development, and communications​ Then, before launching into a chronological list of her jobs, she highlighted “selected accomplishments” related to each point in her summary.

The Guru's Guide to Creating Thought Leadership

Harvard Business Review

Shifting from Drucker's erudition and measured tone to Hammer's revolutionary and provocatively violent declarations ("don't automate, obliterate") was a bit dizzying. How do you produce an idea that changes the way people think and work?

The Best “Management Lessons” Story You’ll Ever Read

Harvard Business Review

And: A diverse team is essential to survival, a point underscored by the impossibility of winning in D&D unless you have a warrior to beat things up and absorb damage, a wizard to fight magical foes and occasionally drop the hammer on something big, a cleric to heal your party members, and so on.

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Morning Advantage: The Taco that Created 15,000 Jobs

Harvard Business Review

But the Doritos Locos Taco, a faux cheese-caked calorie coffin, is seemingly an innovative job creator. “It INNOVATION, I AM YOUR FATHER. There's something dangerous about romanticizing "the idea of a nerdy, bespectacled guy in seclusion, hammering out a problem that others have yet to crack," says Matt Novak. Novak, a Smithsonian blogger and BBC columnist, laid out his views on innovation at a SXSW panel last week, arguing that the legendary Tesla v.

What Good Is Impact Investing?

Harvard Business Review

And the beauty of innovative sectors such as impact investing is that we can experiment, collaborate and try to — even in a very small way — reconcile some of what didn’t work previously. If you start seeing everything through the impact investing lens, it starts looking like you have a hammer and everything looks like a nail. Impact investing is on the rise. But, um, what is it?